WHO Director-General Commends Kazakhstan’s Vaccine Rollout

NUR-SULTAN – Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended Kazakhstan’s vaccine rollout during their virtual meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on May 28,  reports the Akorda press service.

President Tokayev during the meeting. Photo credit: Akorda

As of May 31, 2,114,112 people in Kazakhstan have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, and 1,055,920 have been fully immunized against the virus. 

“Two million vaccinated people is a very significant figure, and many countries have not yet reached this level. Your ambitious goal to have 55 percent of the country’s population vaccinated by the end of the year deserves respect,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo credit: Akorda

During the meeting, the sides discussed prospects for strengthening cooperation between Kazakhstan and WHO, in the area of countering the coronavirus pandemic. Tokayev commended the level of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the WHO.

Tokayev also welcomed Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s opening remarks at the World Health Assembly, where he called for increased global efforts in vaccination against COVID-19, so that by September 2021 at least 10 percent of the world’s population will be vaccinated, and 30 percent by the end of the year.

Tokayev thanked the WHO for the practical support of Kazakhstan in providing protective and medical equipment during the first difficult days of the outbreak and briefed the WHO Director-General on the measures being taken by Kazakhstan to tackle the coronavirus infection.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Kazakhstan’s efforts to curb the infection.

The meeting also explored the development of the Primary Health Care policy, in particular, the promotion of the 2018 Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care. 

President Tokayev called on WHO Director-General to support the Kazakh initiative to draft a Political Resolution on Primary Health Care, which might be adopted during the United Nations General Assembly in 2022. The resolution includes the commitments of the Astana Declaration and Operational Framework on Primary Health Care.

Tokayev also suggested Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus implement a WHO One Health pilot project in Kazakhstan to improve the capacity building for Central Asia’s experts with an eye to creating a Regional Center for Disease Control and Biosafety. 

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